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Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan has been launching and growing companies and helping other entrepreneurs do the same for the past 20 years. He has authored book and audio series including How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press), featuring 45 leading company founders who've created $63 billion in value from scratch, and How They Did It Nightingale-Conant audio program . His startup, Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine, landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. His newest endeavors are RedFlash, a strategy execution team, and The Association of Interim Executives, which champions interim management as its own global specialty. You can also find Robert on Google+ and Twitter.

Entries by Robert Jordan

How to Find the Right Career: Must Read Books Your Professor Never Assigned

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 2:52 PM

My friend's nephew is out of college and tackling a big challenge: how to find the right career. College grads everywhere finish their formal education with plenty of classroom knowledge, but no practical experience of the hustle and drive needed to launch and win in your career. Ultimately, it's the...

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Company Owners Don't Know It All. Seek Out Renegades.

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:31 PM

This weekend I was talking to my mother-in-law and looked up from where she was sitting to see our attic door dangling from its hinges ready to fall and clock her in the head (not a way to get bonus points with the in-laws). So I called three carpenters to...

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Reinvent Yourself: Company Founder Secrets on How to Profitably Follow Your Passions

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Morningstar founder and CEO Joe Mansueto had lots to say when I asked him how he started a modest financial directory in his apartment and grew it to 3,800 employees around the world with $700 million annual revenue.

In my How They Did It interview with Joe, he...

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Entrepreneur Success Stories: GeekSquad Founder Shares Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Growing up in a household where he could pull everything apart - from doorknobs to electronics - Robert Stephens was a troubleshooter early on. In college he earned extra cash by fixing professors' PCs, founding GeekSquad in his dorm room at the University of Minnesota. At the time...

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5 Ways to Play Your Career Like an Olympic Athlete

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:53 PM

This week some of the world's best athletes arrive in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic games. Their performances are so good they appear to be effortless, but that level of skill and precision did not come overnight. I'm not ready for the ski jump anytime soon (or ever), but studying...

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7 Takeaways for Entrepreneurs From the Lean Startup Conference

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 4:51 PM

The Lean Startup movement stems from Eric Ries' best-selling book describing the "build -measure-learn" mantra. Building on the momentum was the Lean Startup Conference, which just finished December 11 in San Francisco. It was a gift for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs pursuing their startup dreams.

Here are my lucky...

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Why Company Owners Are Saying Goodbye to Consultants and Hello to Interims

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:52 PM

I have lost count of the number of company owners I've met who need help but are scared to death about hiring a consultant. Owners say it all boils down to shoveling out a lot of cash to an outsider without being sure that it will pay off.


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Forming a Company: Entrepreneurs, Get a Real Board, Already

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Bill Merchantz, founder of Lakeview Technology, has done pretty well. His first company went public after he exited and his second sold to a big PE fund. But he told me he had one regret in forming a company -- he wished he'd had a formal board of...

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Temping at the Highest Levels: Meet the Interim Executive

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 9:38 AM

Fifteen years ago I ran into a friend at a conference who was about to hand me yet another business card. As I took the new card, I tried to crack a joke, asking him "Can't you hold down a job?" Then I read:

Philip Monego
Interim CEO

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Negotiation Secrets for Startup Success: An Interview With Jim Camp

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 1:06 PM

Startup entrepreneurs are often fueled more by passion than business savvy -- which is why so many flame out. Worse, when they believe conventional theory from negotiating gurus that says that compromise, if cleverly crafted, will drive the results they are seeking, they ultimately give away too much. According to...

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Women Are Wired to Be Better Entrepreneurs, Says Bonnie Baskin

(8) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 12:59 PM

"It's really important to get the word out to a woman that she has the resources and capabilities that almost genetically make her superior to be a CEO." That's what Bonnie Baskin, founder of ViroMed and AppTec Labs, told me when we recently sat down to talk about her inspiring...

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Entrepreneurs Profit From Good Timing: Seem Lucky? Not Quite.

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 4:29 PM

Hurricane Irene took a heavy toll on the East Coast recently, but the event highlighted the foresight of some local entrepreneurs in launching their products or businesses, including water-management businesses like floodgates and storm-water "diapers."

Want to try your luck predicting weather events? Good luck with that. Good timing is...

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The Do's and Dont's of Naming a Business

(5) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 1:51 PM

You've probably heard the one about the Chevy Nova, and how executives were shocked and dismayed to learn, after the fact, that no va means "doesn't go" in Spanish.

If you're in the process of naming your company, or even a new product or service, there are a number of...

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Hit the Reset Button, Even in Times of IPO Plenty

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 2:09 PM

It's a good reminder in these times of IPO plenty that while the folks at LinkedIn and Yandex are celebrating, and the folks at Groupon are undoubtedly getting ready to further celebrate, there are thousands of times multiplied that number of entrepreneurs who are struggling.

It's one thing to struggle...

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